Peace with Justice Webinar

Thursday, July 22, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

A Peace with Justice webinar on “What is Happening After the War in Gaza,” will be held July 22 at 7 p.m.

The recent war between Hamas and the Israeli military wreaked havoc on hospitals, homes, business, streets, school and infrastructure and set off a humanitarian crisis that touches two million people in the Occupied Territory of Gaza.  The level of loss of life in Gaza has underscored the humanitarian challenge for millions already suffering under the weight of an indefinite blockade by Israel and Egypt even before the latest conflict. United Methodists are a people called to engage in peace with justice. What is the current situation and what are the ways that United Methodists and other Christians can pray and advocate for human dignity, human rights, and economic and political security for the people of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories? What are the obstacles United Methodists face in the struggle for peace with justice? In this webinar, we will look at the current situation and consider ways laity and clergy can make a real difference through education and advocacy.

Webinar co-presenters:

 Philip Farah is a co-founder of Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace (PCAP) and of the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace. Farah has written prolifically and addressed audiences across the United States on Middle East peace and justice issues. Philip will lead off with his personal history including his harsh treatment when he was in an Israeli jail, his leadership in PCAP and then a brief description of the current situation in the Occupied Territories and Israel.

Rev. John Wagner is a United Methodist pastor serving in Middletown, Ohio. Wagner is currently co-chair along with Lisa Bender of United Methodists for Kairos Response. This group has been working to raise awareness within our denomination for over ten years. The United Methodist Church is now recognized as one of the world’s leaders in responsible investing, having taken significant steps to reduce its involvement with companies and entities sustaining the occupation of Palestine.  Wagner will provide a brief history of United Methodist involvement in this struggle, both the good and the bad, and include the peace with justice efforts that the Baltimore Washington Conference has taken the lead on.

Moderator:  Rev. Dr. Diane R. Dixon-Procter, pastors the Sharp Street United Methodist Church in Sandy Spring, MD and serves as the Peace with Justice Coordinator for the Baltimore Washington Conference.

 Relevant United Methodist Resolutions on peace with justice in Palestine and Israel

Book of Resolutions: A Pathway for Peace in Palestine and Israel | The United Methodist Church (

Book of Resolutions: Opposition to Israeli Settlements in Palestinian Land | The United Methodist Church (

GC2020 Resolution: United Nations Resolutions on the Israel-Palestine Conflict (

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